Little Comets set to soar on Sunderland stage

CHART SUCCESS ... Little Comets' new album Hope Is Just A State Of Mind has entered the UK albums chart at number 18.
CHART SUCCESS ... Little Comets' new album Hope Is Just A State Of Mind has entered the UK albums chart at number 18.
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THE Echo can reveal that Little Comets will play a free set in Sunderland.

The indie trio have proved to be one of the most popular acts to play at Pop Recs, in Fawcett Street, when they stormed the stage last year.

Now they’re back and hoping to pack the venue again when they play on February 17.

They’ll be performing tracks from third album Hope Is Just A State Of Mind, which will be released the day before the gig.

The band, made up of Washington’s Matt Hall and Jarrow brothers Rob and Mickey Coles, are the latest act to be announced at the record shop which has brought the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Franz Ferdinand, Tim Burgess and Edwyn Collins to perform in the city.

Other newly-announced acts include indie pop outfit Dutch Uncles who will perform on March 1. Frankie & the Heartstrings, the band behind the shop, are also in talks with a household name who are due to be announced soon.

Heartstrings drummer Dave Harper said: “We had one of our biggest crowds when Little Comets last performed, they’ve got an extremely loyal following, especially with the younger crowd. Sometimes when you’re 14, 15, 16 you can’t get in to clubs, but at Pop Recs we give bands the chance to really get in touch with their fans.”

As well as their Sunderland set, the Little Comets lads are heading out on tour across the UK.

Lead singer and guitarist Rob said: “We finished the album at the start of January and since then we’ve been trying to have a bit of time off with our families, but it feels like we’re busier than ever now.

“We feel really good now that we’ve finished the album and it’s a bit of a weight off. We’re really happy with it, so we’re just looking forward to everyone hearing it and finding out what everyone thinks.”

He added: “We kept putting the date back and back on it because we wanted to get it right and didn’t want to rush it for the sake of getting it out.

“It’s quite representative of our lives right now and our opinions about things. It’ll be good to look back on it in 10 to 15 years time and remember what our lives were like back then.”

•Little Comets play Pop Recs, in Fawcett Street, on February 17 at 5.30pm. They will also be signing copies of their new album. Entry is free.